WESTERNPORT - Westernport's outgoing mayor Daniel Laffey conducted his final meeting on Monday evening prior to the swearing-in ceremony where four citizens took their spots on the local government.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERN PORT - Westernport’s outgoing mayor Daniel Laffey conducted his final meeting on Monday evening prior to the swearing-in ceremony where four citizens took their spots on the local government.
Laffey make brief remarks, mentioning that the town has reached the status of an A-plus bond rating, and, “This is a first for Westernport,” in dealing with financial borrowing capabilities.
Another plus for Westernport that Laffey spoke about was the addition of the large water tank, as he issued words of appreciation to the Moran family for their donation of property where the tank is located.
Laffey gave gratitude to many individuals and groups for their assistance to him and Westernport, including Allegany County commissioners, the town’s law firm and engineering business, along with the members of the street and water department, saying, “They are the backbone of this town.”
He named individuals that gave him support over the years he had served as mayor, and his wife, Janice, former mayor Amel Morris, and the office staff of Renee Morris and Barbara Morris.
Fred Pritts, who served as streets commissioner and chose not to run for re-election, said, “It was an honor and privilege to serve Westernport this many years.”
Along the same lines, Bob Lupton, who also did not seek re-election, and was the town’s finance commissioner, said, “Danny was the best mayor since I can remember is this town, and the past eight years was a good experience.”
Dawne Lindsey, Allegany County circuit court clerk, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of new town officials J. T. (Tuck) Martin, mayor, and Allen Shapiro and Phil Whetstone, commissioners.
The first order of business for Martin was the motion and approval by commissioners for the appointment of Laura Freeman Legge to serve in the vacated spot of the water commissioner, caused by the election of Martin, who previously held that office.
Lindsey gave the oath of office to Freeman Legge.